BLM Colorado began an operation in November 2016 to gather and remove up to 50 excess wild horses from the Sand Wash Basin Herd Management Area in cooperation with its valued partners, the Sand Wash Basin Advocacy Team and the Great Escapes Mustang Sanctuary. The current wild horse population is approximately 607 animals, and the target Appropriate Management Level (AML) is in-between 163-362. At its current population level, the Sand Wash wild horse herd is in danger of winter stress and starvation if winter conditions become severe. BLM Colorado is committed to maintaining a healthy wild horse herd in the Sand Wash Basin that is in balance with land health and other uses of the land.
Check out this video, highlighting the Sand Wash HMA and the partnerships that are making this gather a success!